Planned Parenthood has faced its share of controversy over the years, but it does have its share of supporters as well.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has defended the organization's abortion services, declaring them both “necessary" and "vital to [their] mission”:
Two months later, two members of the Kardashian clan took to social media to show their support for the organization:
TMZ reported that the visit was filmed and would be part of an upcoming episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” It also noted that the purpose of the visit included a quest by the sisters to learn more about how they could work with the organization in the future.
This move by the Kardashians was due, at least in part, to efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to end federal funding of the organization. However, Planned Parenthood receives most, roughly 60 percent, of its funding from private contributions, revenue, and other non-governmental sources.
According to data Live Action collected from Planned Parenthood and shared in a video presentation, between the years 2004 through 2014, the number of breast exams Planned Parenthood provided declined by 60 percent. In total, the organization provides less than 2 percent of all breast exams given nationwide.
In addition, the number of pap tests provided by Planned Parenthood also declined by 77 percent. Nationally, the organization only provides less than 1 percent of all pap tests given to women in the United States.
Similarly, cancer screenings have decreased by 68 percent, bringing the sum total of cancer screenings provided by Planned Parenthood to less than 2 percent of the national total.
As the number of clients continues to decline for Planned Parenthood, the number of abortions conducted and the amount of government funding rose.
Abortions rose 27 percent between 2004 and 2014. Planned Parenthood performed 34.9 percent of all abortions in the U.S. During that same time period, government funding increased by more than 100 percent.
Watch the Live Action video presentation below: